[gmx-users] Error with MARTINI depending by the box size

Justin Lemkul jalemkul at vt.edu
Mon Dec 10 22:59:08 CET 2012

On 12/10/12 3:48 PM, francesco oteri wrote:
> Dear gromacs users,
> I am facing a very tricky problem in building a stable topology.
> In particular I am trying to use MARTINI force-field and I noticed that if
> I use a box whose the side size is smaller than 20nm, the minimization
> fails with this message:
> Reading file 01em.tpr, VERSION 4.6-beta1 (single precision)
> Starting 12 tMPI threads
> Using 12 MPI threads
> Making 2D domain decomposition 4 x 3 x 1
> Steepest Descents:
> Tolerance (Fmax) = 1.00000e+03
> Number of steps = 2000
> Step= 14, Dmax= 1.2e-06 nm, Epot= 4.42099e+18 Fmax= inf, atom= 39063
> Energy minimization has stopped, but the forces havenot converged to the
> requested precision Fmax < 1000 (whichmay not be possible for your system).
> It stoppedbecause the algorithm tried to make a new step whose sizewas too
> small, or there was no change in the energy sincelast step. Either way, we
> regard the minimization asconverged to within the available machine
> precision,given your starting configuration and EM parameters.
> Double precision normally gives you higher accuracy, butthis is often not
> needed for preparing to run moleculardynamics.
> You might need to increase your constraint accuracy, or turn
> off constraints altogether (set constraints = none in mdp file)
> writing lowest energy coordinates.
> Steepest Descents converged to machine precision in 15 steps,
> but did not reach the requested Fmax < 1000.
> Potential Energy = 4.4209897e+18
> Maximum force = inf on atom 39063
> Norm of force = inf

With this information, you should be able to deduce the source of the problem.

> gcq#142: "One Ripple At a Time" (Bianca's Smut Shack)
> But, if I use a box bigger then 19.5nm the minimization, although with some
> LINCS warning, succeeded!

These LINCS warnings will also give the same information as to where problems start.

> I found the problem with gromacs 4.5.5,  4.6beta1 and beta2.
> I am attaching the script (crea_topo.csh) I am using to build the
> topologies as well as all the input files you need to replicate the error.
> The different topologies have been obtained changing the value of the
> variable side in crea_topo.csh

How many values you have tried?  What is the minimum box size necessary to 
accommodate your system?  This all seems like random failures from unstable 

> As you can notice from the script, the structure is initially minimized in
> vacuo to remove problems due in the all atoms-coarse grained transformation
> and then it is solvated, Then, water molecules closer then 0.8nm to protein
> are rmoved through vmd.

What was the outcome of the in vacuo minimization?

> Can you give me some clue on how to solve the problem, except changing the
> software?.




Justin A. Lemkul, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Department of Biochemistry
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA
jalemkul[at]vt.edu | (540) 231-9080


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